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Foreign intelligence operatives are reportedly using online platforms and video-conferencing apps like Zoom to spy on Americans

Foreign intelligence agents are using online platforms and videoconferencing apps to spy on Americans, TIME reported. Chinese spies, in particular, have exploited the coronavirus pandemic to get information about American companies as they take their operations digital and offices across the US shut down amid stay-at-home orders. The app Zoom has proven especially susceptible to cyber intrusions because of its popularity and lack of encryption. A research group at the University of Toronto fou...
Tags: Hong Kong, North Korea, China, Russia, US, Trends, Fbi, University of Toronto, Yuan, China Russia Iran North Korea, Russia China Iran, Eric Yuan


Short Barrel Ammo Why You Need it in a Subcompact Handgun

By Sam Hoober Gun writer, Sam Hoober, reinforces the point, if you carry a short-barrel handgun, you need short barrel ammo for it to be effective. Short Barrel Ammo Why You Need it in a Subcompact Handgun Sam Hoober USA -(Ammoland.com)- Alien Gear Holsters' Sam Hoober would like to reinforce that if you carry a short-barrel gun, you need a short-barrel round for it to be effective. Naturally, subcompact pistols and especially pint-size plastic fantastics are far and away the favored gu...
Tags: Usa, New York, Guns, US, Fbi, Chicago, Daily Caller, Metro, Speer, Self Defense, Ammunition News, 9mm, USA Ammoland, Alien Gear, Sam Hoober, Sam Hoober Gun


Here's which fintechs will soar and which will flop as funding dries up, according to 6 investors and dealmakers

As fintechs cope with a tightened funding environment, it's likely the industry will see some startups fail while others will excel.  Business Insider spoke to six investors and dealmakers about the types of startups that are in the best, or worst, positions.  Most warned that lenders and those in the payment space might be the most susceptible to the market downturn. Meanwhile, trading-related startups have opportunities to grow their business thanks to market volatility.  Click here for more...
Tags: Digital, US, Trends, Fbi, CVC, Robinhood, Fintech, Mastercard, Fed, Rbc, Zopa, SBA, Robo, PETER JOHNSON, Jennifer Lee, NIM


Stay Focused ?

Right. This should be a great opportunity for everone who's self-isolating to unleash their inner creativity, shouldn't it? Or get around to long postponed projects. Or just get to know themselves? Shouldn't it? I exempt from this those parents with children at home--though I suspect some of them are getting mighty creative in their dealings with their offspring. The same for folks working from home--the commute may have disappeared but other bits of life may well be more complicate...
Tags: Gardening, Fbi, Jared, Josie, John Grisham, Grisham, Vicki Lane


Lori Loughlin Prosecutors Deny Entrapment Allegations

The prosecution in the Lori Loughlin case on Wednesday denied defense claims that the FBI had entrapped her and other unwitting parents into participating in the college admissions bribery scheme. Last month, attorneys representing Loughlin and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, argued that the case should be thrown out due to government misconduct. They cited the […]
Tags: News, Fbi, Loughlin, Lori Loughlin, Mossimo Giannulli


Zoom is making its security features easier to access, as it moves to improve the privacy of its app and stop all the 'Zoombombing' (ZM)

Zoom is making its security features easier to access by consolidating them in a single button that users can access during a video call. This is part of Zoom's plan to address the privacy and security of its app after facing massive criticism, as it saw a huge wave of new users due to the coronavirus pandemic. The new security feature is meant to stop so called "Zoombombing" incidents, where hackers or trolls will enter random Zoom calls to share indecent messages or other spam. Earlier Wedne...
Tags: Google, New York, Taylor Swift, China, Trends, Tesla, Fbi, New York Times, Times, Yuan, Zoom, Alex Stamos Facebook, Eric Yuan, Zoombombing, New York Times Yuan


Podcast #600: What Board Games Teach Us About Life

Board games have long been a source of social activity and family entertainment. But my guest today makes the case that board games can be more than just a way to while away the time, and can also offer insights about relationships, decision making, and the changing currents of culture. His name is Jonathan Kay and he’s a co-author of the book Your Move: What Board Games Teach Us About Life. We begin our conversation discussing the board game renaissance that has taken place in the past twent...
Tags: Podcast, Life, Travel & leisure, Fbi, Hobbies, Jonathan, Diversions, Jonathan Jonathan, Jonathan Kay


6 investors and dealmakers predict which fintechs will soar and which will flop as funding dries up and markets go haywire

As fintechs cope with a tightened funding environment, it's likely the industry will see some startups fail while others will excel.  Business Insider spoke to six investors and dealmakers about the types of startups that are in the best, or worst, positions.  Most warned that lenders and those in the payment space might be the most susceptible, while trading-related startups have opportunities to grow their business.  Click here for more BI Prime stories. The coronavirus crisis is providing ...
Tags: Digital, US, Trends, Fbi, CVC, Robinhood, Fintech, Mastercard, Fed, Rbc, Zopa, SBA, Robo, PETER JOHNSON, Jennifer Lee, NIM


Thoughts For VC Backed Companies Considering SBA/PPP Loans

My partner Seth Levine recently put up an extremely thoughtful post titled SBA PPP Loans Aren’t for Everyone. Go read it now – I’ll be here when you get back. Seth references two other posts to read and consider. The first is by Albert Wenger at USV titled VC Backed Startups and PPP: Do You Really Need It? The other is an OpEd for CNBC written by Seth and Elizabeth Macbride titled Stampede for emergency loans is crushing lenders, putting millions of small businesses at risk. Here are steps to...
Tags: Trends, Fbi, USV, Crisis, PPP, Cnbc, WSJ, Seth, SBA, Feld, Seth Levine, Albert Wenger, Elizabeth MacBride, COVID-19


Stay Fosused ?

f Right. This should be a great opportunity for everone who's self-isolating to unleash their inner creativity, shouldn't it? Or get around to long postponed projects. Or just get to know themselves? Shouldn't it? I exempt from this those parents with children at home--though I suspect some of them are getting mighty creative in their dealings with their offspring. The same for folks working from home--the commute may have disappeared but other bits of life may well be more complicat...
Tags: Gardening, Fbi, Jared, Josie, John Grisham, Grisham, Vicki Lane


Taiwan Tells Agencies Not To Use Zoom On Security Grounds

Taiwan's cabinet has told government agencies to stop using the Zoom conferencing app due to privacy and security woes. Reuters reports: Zoom's daily users ballooned to more than 200 million in March, as coronavirus-induced shutdowns forced employees to work from home and schools switched to the company's free app for conducting and coordinating online classes. However, the company is facing a backlash from users worried about the lack of end-to-end encryption of meeting sessions and "zoombombin...
Tags: Google, Microsoft, Tech, Taiwan, Fbi, Reuters


More reporting links Clearview AI to Trump-aligned racists, neo-Nazis, and alt-right trolls

A Huffington Post investigation out today lays out even more evidence of facial surveillance tech company Clearview AI's ties to the alt-right. Clearview AI has alarmed privacy experts, and has hired several far-right employees, a HuffPost investigation found. My latest investigation is about Clearview AI, a secretive facial recognition company. Lots of privacy concerns. Even scarier: Clearview has ties to the alt-right and even had far-right extremists working for it until I reached out t...
Tags: Security, Facebook, Post, Business, Politics, Texas, Technology, News, Privacy, Congress, Nazis, US, Walmart, Read, World, Surveillance


The coronavirus crisis is a boon for trading apps but a perfect storm for digital lenders. We asked 6 top fintech backers and dealmakers to predict the winners and losers.

As fintechs cope with a tightened funding environment, it's likely the industry will see some startups fail while others will excel.  Business Insider spoke to six investors and dealmakers about the types of startups that are in the best, or worst, positions.  Most warned that lenders and those in the payment space might be the most susceptible, while trading-related startups have opportunities to grow their business.  Click here for more BI Prime stories. The coronavirus crisis is providing ...
Tags: Digital, US, Trends, Fbi, CVC, Robinhood, Fintech, Mastercard, Fed, Rbc, Zopa, SBA, Robo, PETER JOHNSON, Jennifer Lee, NIM


Former Fox executive from L.A. named in indictment alleging bribery for soccer broadcast rights

NEW YORK — Prosecutors revealed new details of alleged bribes paid to FIFA executive committee members to gain their votes for Qatar to host the 2022 World Cup and charged a pair of former 21st Century Fox executives with making illegal payments to win broadcast rights for the 2018 and 2022 tournaments. An indictment unsealed Monday in U.S. District Court in Brooklyn says Nicolás Leoz, then president of the South American governing body CONMEBOL, and former Brazil federation president Ricardo Te...
Tags: Florida, New York, News, Russia, Sports, Los Angeles, Qatar, Sport, Fbi, Fox, Soccer, Brooklyn, Fifa, World Cup, Brazil, South America


How the coronavirus led to the highest-ever spike in US gun sales

More than 2m guns were purchased in March and the FBI conducted 3.7m background checks.
Tags: News, US, Fbi


‘Tiger King’ Sequel on the Way from Investigation Discovery

Everyone is still talking about Tiger King, Netflix’s utterly bonkers docu-series about a group of terrible people. With Tiger King hype at a fever pitch, and rumors of a new episode arriving on Netflix this week, it was only a matter of time before someone else got in on the action. That someone is ID, aka the Investigation Discovery channel. They’re putting together what they call a “definitive sequel” to the Netflix show, titled Investigating the Strange World of Joe Exotic. Before we get...
Tags: Movies, America, Fbi, Netflix, True Story, Joe, Carole, Don Lewis, Baskin, Joe Exotic, Carole Baskin, Jeff Lowe, Tiger King, Doc Antle, Investigating the Strange World of Joe Exotic


A train engineer in California took the Trolley Problem way too literally and did it bad

Around 1pm on Tuesday, March 31, a 44-year-old train engineer named Eduardo Moreno allegedly derailed a train at full-speed, careening it towards the USNS Mercy, a Navy medical ship for COVID-19 patients that was anchored in the Port of Los Angeles. Fortunately, Moreno's train never actually reached the boat and no one was hurt, although did crash through some concrete barriers and leak a substantial amount of fuel into the parking lot. According to ABC News: Moreno allegedly told officers and F...
Tags: Post, News, Navy, California, Trains, Los Angeles, Fbi, Port Of Los Angeles, Abc News, Moreno, U S Attorney s Office, Central District of California, USNS Mercy, Maga, Pizzagate, Deep State


NYC classrooms cancel Zoom after trolls make ‘Zoombombing’ a thing

Zoom, the company most of the world didn’t know existed before quarantine, is being banned from New York City classrooms due to some increasingly disturbing instances of “Zoombombing.” Zoombombing, which the FBI has previously warned against, is a newish trend in which a bad actor hijacks a chat or call to transmit pornographic images, doxx others, or taunt them with hate speech and threats. Zoombombers have their own communities, sharing Zoom meeting IDs and coordinating attacks in online forum...
Tags: Security, Startups, New York City, Fbi


Tiger King Follow-Up Series in Development at Investigation Discovery

Tiger King follow-up series in development at Investigation Discovery Netflix’s Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness has become a social media sensation since its debut on the streaming service and now Investigation Discovery has announced it has begun development on a follow-up series, according to Deadline. RELATED: Netflix’s Tiger King Gets One More Episode Set to Stream this Week! The follow-up series, entitled Investigating The Strange World of Joe Exotic, will explore questions inc...
Tags: TV, Movies, Fbi, Netflix, TV News, Oklahoma, Joe, Don Lewis, Investigation Discovery, TV Premiere, Eric Goode, Carole Baskin, Jeff Lowe, Tiger King, Rebecca Chaiklin, Chris Smith Fisher Stevens Goode


'Zoombombing' Is a Federal Offense That Could Result In Imprisonment, Prosecutors Warn (slashdot)

"Zoomboming," where someone successfully invades a public or private meeting over the videoconferencing platform to broadcast shock videos, pornography, or other disruptive content, could result in fines and possible imprisonment, according to federal prosecutors. The Verge reports: The warning was posted as a press release to the Department of Justice's website under the U.S. Attorney's office for the state's Eastern district with support from the state attorney general and the FBI. Now, prosec...
Tags: News, Fbi, Department Of Justice, Eastern, BeauHD, Zoomboming


Queen praises the people, if not the government, and pulls off a tough gig

Monarch’s rare non-festive TV address delivered the clear moral leadership that many politicians have failed to provideNow we know just how serious things are. The UK has just wheeled out its biggest gun. The Queen has only ever given an unscheduled TV address to the nation on four previous occasions, either when the nation or the royal family itself was under threat. And as sure as hell Her Majesty wasn’t about to update us on Prince Andrew handing himself over to the FBI or Harry and Meghan’s ...
Tags: UK, UK News, Bbc, Fbi, NHS, The Queen, Andrew, Meghan, Windsor Castle, Coronavirus outbreak


NYC Department of Education is banning Zoom over privacy concerns for students and teachers

New York City teachers are banned from using Zoom for virtual teaching after the Department of Education cited safety and privacy concerns.  Schools are instead being directed to use Microsoft Teams, which the department has reportedly already started training teachers and staff to use.  However, some critics told Chalkbeat that the platform was not as attractive as Zoom, and could diminish some teachers' ability to deliver live lessons.  Zoom has been plagued by privacy and security concerns ...
Tags: New York, Microsoft, New York City, Trends, Fbi, Brooklyn, DOE, Department Of Education, New York City Department of Education, Richard Carranza, Chalkbeat, NYC Department of Education, Paayal Zaveri, Zoombombing, Chalkbeat Schools


What can and should we really learn from crime data in the midst of a pandemic and lockdowns?

The question in the title of this post is prompted by two new articles spotlighting declines in crime amidst our crazy times: from The Hill, "Crime rates drop across the nation amid coronavirus"; from USA Today, "Crime rates plummet amid the coronavirus pandemic, but not everyone is safer in their home."  Here are some excerpts from this second piece: Crime rates plunged in cities and counties across the U.S. over the second half of March as the coronavirus pandemic drove millions of residents ...
Tags: Usa, Law, America, Fbi, Dallas, Seattle, Baltimore, Denver, Cincinnati, Campos, Santa Monica California, Baltimore Police Department, Providence Rhode Island, Gainesville Florida, Delray Beach Florida, Michaud


Zoom helped to connect the world, then got slammed for cybersecurity issues – here's why experts say the company deserves a break (ZM, MSFT, GOOG, CSCO)

Zoom has become extremely prominent during the COVID-19 pandemic: its stock has doubled, its iOS app is No. 1 in the App Store, and schools are relying upon it to hold classes for students stuck at home. That spotlight has turned harsh, as the company has been battered by privacy and security scandals — so-called "Zoombombing" has become prevalent, as bad actors crash meetings, classes, and other online classes, while concerns swirl about how Zoom gathers user data.   Security experts and the ...
Tags: Google, Facebook, London, Taylor Swift, Microsoft, China, Trends, Cisco, Fbi, New York Times, Silicon Valley, Boris Johnson, Rsa, University of Toronto, Cabinet, Yuan


The Emperor's Clothing Looks Deplorable

It's fair to say this pandemic is revealing the emperor's true clothing. Yours and mine. Just this very week, I saw a quote from someone who said, "We don't like Trump, but we like his policies." Trump does represent the policy of the Republican party, which obviously a large percentage of voters chose in the last election. So, now we all get to experience Trump's policies when the tire meets the road in pandemicland. For those who were comfortable and voted for Trump because they wanted to shak...
Tags: Comics, Usa, Obamacare, Obama, Washington, Africa, Ukraine, Fbi, Fox, United States, Epa, Republican Party, Justice Department, US supreme court, Trump, Don


FISA court orders FBI to review if wiretaps are invalid after errors found during investigation

The directive comes just days after an internal Justice Department review found new problems with the FBI's management of wiretap applications.         [Author: USA TODAY]
Tags: Usa, News, Fbi, Usa Today, Justice Department


'Zoombombing' Is a Federal Offense That Could Result In Imprisonment, Prosecutors Warn

"Zoomboming," where someone successfully invades a public or private meeting over the videoconferencing platform to broadcast shock videos, pornography, or other disruptive content, could result in fines and possible imprisonment, according to federal prosecutors. The Verge reports: The warning was posted as a press release to the Department of Justice's website under the U.S. Attorney's office for the state's Eastern district with support from the state attorney general and the FBI. Now, prosec...
Tags: Tech, Fbi, Department Of Justice, Eastern, Zoomboming


The National Stockpile: Born From The Pages Of A Thriller

On Thursday, White House Senior Aide Jared Kushner left quite the impression at his rare press briefing appearance as he insisted that the National Strategic Stockpile was for “our” use, not the states’.  “The state still has a stockpile and the notion of the federal stockpile was it’s supposed to be our stockpile,” Kushner said at a briefing about the coronavirus pandemic. “It’s not supposed to be states’ stockpiles that they then use.” “So I would just encourage you, when you have governo...
Tags: News, Obama, New York City, Fbi, United States, New York Times, Bill Clinton, Donald Trump, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Cabinet, Eagle, Stockpile, Clinton, Trump, Health And Human Services, Dod


Surveillance court wants FBI to explain new reported shortcomings

The federal court that oversees national security surveillance wants the FBI to explain newly uncovered missteps in government warrants to eavesdrop on Americans after a recent internal audit found the FBI fell short of the standards required.
Tags: Cnn, Fbi


Zoom will enable meeting passwords and virtual waiting rooms by default to help stop 'Zoombombing' incidents (ZM)

Zoom is improving the security settings on its app, after facing backlash from users. Starting April 5, Zoom will require passwords if a user tries to enter a meeting using just the meeting ID instead of the meeting invite link. It will also turn virtual waiting rooms on by default, so the meeting host will have to manually allow others to join the meeting. These changes are meant to prevent trolls or hackers from entering Zoom calls to share indecent messages or harass users — incidents calle...
Tags: New York, Trends, Fbi, Yuan, Eric Yuan, Zoombombing